There’s an amazing page on Facebook called, “Humans of New York“. Ever heard of it? It’s inspiring!

It’s purpose is simply this: New York City, one story at a time.

As you can imagine, the affect of this page has inspired thousands of other photographers to step up and launch pages for their own cities:

Humans of Bombay
Humans of Afghanistan
Humans of Chicago
Humans of Madrid


Because stories are important and people matter.

Brandon Stanton – Founder of HoNY – saw the need and felt the importance to look people in the eyes, ask them questions, care about their perspective, and listen to their stories.

Now it’s a viral phenomenon.

Which gets me thinking…

How are any of us any different from Brandon?

What about our own lives?
Our own neighborhoods?
Our own streets?
Our own homes?

Every person has an important story and every person matters.

It’s great to be inspired and *like* something, but inspiration and *liking* isn’t changing the world, now is it?

Our biggest challenge in this fast-paced, dog-eat-dog, social-media-driven culture, is not to be inspired for a few fleeting moments and then move on to something else. But to be inspired in such a way that we are compelled to take action and do something that tangibly makes a difference in our very own circles of influence.

Let’s move our lives from *like* to love.

Truth is, we have just as many opportunities to be Brandon to our very own corners of the world by launching:

Humans of My City.
Humans of My Block.
Humans of My Pocket.
Humans of Next Door.


Because stories are important and people matter.

Brandon saw this need.
Brandon felt this importance.
Brandon did something about it.

Will you?

It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being. –John Joseph Powell

Here are six things you can do for your neighbor:

Invite a family over for a BBQ.
Initiate a block party.
Host an sports watching event.
Plan a community garage sale.
Entertain a wine and cheese night.
Organize an outdoor movie.

Find Brandon Stanton on Twitter @humansofny

6 Things You Can Do For Your Neighbor

See also – 8 Ways To Be A Good Online Neighbor (Infographic)

Author Cindy Keating

Writer, storyteller, speaker and founder of Red Carpet Life, Cindy believes a life lived in service to others can change the world.
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